"vivaMOS specialises in the development and fabrication of high-end large-area CMOS image sensors."

vivaMOS

Our Scholarships

Placement location Type of Placements Offered Restrictions/Notes
Southampton

Summer placements only

* No first year students

2019/20 Scholarships

One new scholarship

Who we are and what we do

vivaMOS specialises in the development and fabrication of high-end large-area CMOS image sensors. The company was setup in 2014 as a spin-out from STFC (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory) with the aim of commercialising the highly sought-after Lassena image sensor. The leading edge Lassena wafer-scale CMOS sensor offers a unique combination of high-speed, high-resolution, and low-noise performance, as well as being buttable on 3 sides, enabling the introduction of large Flat Panel Detectors for a wide range of X-ray applications.

What you could be doing during your work placement

You will be gaining work experience in semiconductor design, electronics design and testing, and new product development (CMOS image sensors).

Meet one of our Scholars

Name:
Agnes
University:
University of Nottingham
Degree Course:
MEng Electronic Engineering

Why I chose Electronics

Electronics is everywhere, it’s a crucial element of our lives. Growing up, I couldn’t simply accept that things were “just a magic box that works”, I needed to know how and why they worked. I had a brilliant Physics teacher in school who fully supported this way of thinking, and he was the one suggesting me to look at electronics – a subject I instantly fell in love with.

Why I chose vivaMOS

My aim was to join a company where I could make a real contribution by working on my own project, while learning from my colleagues. I knew there was a higher chance of this at a smaller company, which is why I applied to vivaMOS. The interview assured me that it is a great team of brilliant people, and a company with plenty of opportunities to learn and to leave a positive impact in just a few weeks.

My experience at vivaMOS

I am grateful to vivaMOS that they offered me a project which made a real contribution to the business and upon completion is now being used in manufacturing. I had to opportunity to work on this project on my own, with help available whenever I needed it.

My main task was to develop and implement a test process for the PCBs that one of the company’s main products uses. This involved circuit analysis, firmware and software programming, and implementing of user requirements coming straight from customers or through the operations team.

Interns are sometimes overlooked at companies but my colleagues at vivaMOS treated me as an engineer and valued my opinion, which largely contributed to my personal growth as well as professional development. I received all the support I needed and plenty of opportunities to learn new things.

What I enjoy outside work

I am an avid runner; I usually spend my free time outside racking up miles. Long distance races have such a special atmosphere and are a great way to meet like-minded people, which is why I try to race as often as I can.

When not running, I enjoy writing short stories and I try to regularly publish these in magazines and anthologies.